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Sports broadcaster Boyet Sison dies
Sports broadcaster Boyet Sison dies

FAREWELL. Boyet Sison last worked as a segment host of TV Patrol.


(2nd UPDATE) ‘You were always one of the kindest in the newsroom, Papa B’

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran sports broadcaster Boyet Sison died on Saturday, April 16. He was 58.  

A member of Sison’s family confirmed the news to ABS-CBN, noting that he was “hospitalized early this week for an intestinal illness that needed surgery.”

Sison hosted several television and radio sports programs since the early 2000s, including Hardball, which he co-hosted with Bill Velasco on ANC from 2006 to 2020, and Fastbreak with Freddie Webb on DZMM from 2007 to 2020.

Sison “brought the sunshine into any room,” said Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN Integrated News.

Also a popular game announcer in various leagues including the PBA, Sison had been posting updates about his health condition on social media. He said he had been experiencing stomach pains and was admitted at Delos Santos Medical Center in Quezon City. 

In his last Facebook post on Thursday, just right before his surgery, Sison said he was “nervous and scared,” asked for prayers, and thanked everyone who extended “messages of inspiration” and financial help. 

“My life will never be the same without you, my brother, my comrade, my friend,” Velasco said in a Facebook post.

“Throughout all the battles we fought – even with one another – you remained  kind. You still saw the good in everyone, Boyet. I will miss that most of all.” 

Sison, who started as a disc jockey, last worked as host of “Alam N’yo Ba?,” a segment of ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast TV Patrol

“He was so happy to be back on TV beginning last year. Sports and music were his expertise but I asked Boyet to try something new in TV Patrol and he bravely did. For that, I will always be thankful,” said Reyes.

“You were always one of the kindest in the newsroom, Papa B, even when I was new, most especially as I was new,” said ABS-CBN host and former volleyball star Gretchen Ho.

“You always talked so passionately about sports, food and music. I remember you sharing stories about your weekend escapades in the Salcedo Market, and how you’d sneak in a DJ gig from time to time. I’m glad you had the chance to show more of this side of you to the world before you passed on, even if it was mostly via FB live during the pandemic.”


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